Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,678,280 0.6 % $20.43 $42,500 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.62 $15.71 $19.36 $24.13 $29.81
Annual Wage (2) $26,240 $32,670 $40,260 $50,190 $62,010


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 602,940 61.14 $20.99 $43,660
Specialized Freight Trucking 245,700 53.82 $20.58 $42,810
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 65,150 8.81 $22.40 $46,590
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 55,970 30.13 $18.96 $39,430
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 41,170 6.65 $19.26 $40,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 602,940 61.14 $20.99 $43,660
Specialized Freight Trucking 245,700 53.82 $20.58 $42,810
Support Activities for Road Transportation 38,240 40.21 $17.22 $35,830
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 55,970 30.13 $18.96 $39,430
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 24,570 24.92 $20.21 $42,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 360 0.03 $29.31 $60,970
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $28.98 $60,270
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 26,920 4.98 $27.89 $58,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 380 0.10 $27.74 $57,690
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 620 0.13 $27.55 $57,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 181,640 15.70 1.29 $19.85 $41,300
California 129,170 8.34 0.68 $21.17 $44,030
Pennsylvania 76,960 13.48 1.11 $21.08 $43,840
Florida 72,280 9.12 0.75 $18.19 $37,830
Ohio 71,710 13.58 1.12 $20.56 $42,760



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 16,450 36.72 3.02 $25.67 $53,400
Arkansas 33,400 28.40 2.33 $18.69 $38,870
Nebraska 26,940 28.25 2.32 $20.40 $42,430
Iowa 37,800 24.75 2.03 $19.52 $40,600
Wyoming 7,020 24.72 2.03 $23.50 $48,890



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 16,450 36.72 3.02 $25.67 $53,400
Alaska 2,610 7.98 0.66 $25.34 $52,700
District of Columbia 480 0.71 0.06 $23.65 $49,190
Massachusetts 24,030 7.07 0.58 $23.60 $49,090
Wyoming 7,020 24.72 2.03 $23.50 $48,890




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 39,660 13.54 1.11 $19.67 $40,920
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 39,410 11.03 0.91 $23.64 $49,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 38,130 5.88 0.48 $23.69 $49,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 31,540 13.54 1.11 $20.54 $42,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 30,090 12.13 1.00 $19.95 $41,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 28,700 6.99 0.57 $20.54 $42,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 25,710 19.62 1.61 $23.17 $48,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 18,450 9.81 0.81 $21.24 $44,170
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 16,990 17.47 1.44 $20.35 $42,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 16,820 8.97 0.74 $20.26 $42,130